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Expensive execution

This Jan. 21, 2003 file photo shows an unidentified death row inmate in his cell in the North Condemned Unit at Pontiac Correctional Institution in Pontiac, Ill. In 2000, then Gov. George Ryan made Illinois the first state with the death penalty to suspend executions, after 13 condemned prisoners were freed for wrongful convictions.

Pricy death penalty

In this May 27, 2008 file photo, a microphone hangs over the gurney in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. In hard economic times, more states say it costs more to execute killers than to imprison them for life.

NCAA Wrestling Championships

Missouri heavyweight Mark Ellis, right, is the Tigers' highest-seeded wrestler in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday in St. Louis. Ellis is the No. 2 seed in the heavyweight division.

High-fives after win

Missouri shortstop Abby Vock (10) high-fives a player from Western Illinois after the Tigers' win on Wednesday. The Tigers took both games in the doubleheader, most of which was played under rainy conditions.

Cheering on MU baseball team

Missouri students Danielle Cooper, left, and Jillian Woosley, center, cheer on the Tigers during their game Wednesday against the SIU-Edwardsville. The women said their ex-boyfriends play on the SIUE team, so they went wild every time MU scored. The Tigers went on to win the game 4-1.

Out at Home

Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman, left, shows the umpire the he held onto the ball after he tagged out SIU-Edwardsville's Josh Street at home.

High-tech courthouse

The third-floor courtroom was revamped as part of the Boone County Courthouse renovation, which began in October 2007. The courtroom was updated with new technologies that could make trials more efficient.

Fans gather as Missouri prepares to leave

Missouri basketball players get on stage outside of the Mizzou Arena for their sendoff to Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday morning.

Mike Anderson talks to media

Missouri coach Mike Anderson boards the bus outside Mizzou Arena after the basketball team's sendoff to Boise, Idaho.

Missouri basketball players thank fans

Missouri basketball players thank their fans for support during their sendoff to Boise, Idaho, outside of Missouri Arena on Wednesday morning.

Blue Note Jazz

The Blue Note 7 will perform Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre as part of a 51-city tour honoring the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records, one of jazz's oldest labels. The septet includes, from left: tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John Coltrane), drummer Lewis Nash, pianist and musical director Bill Charlap, guitarist Peter Bernstein, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Peter Washington and alto saxophonist and flautist Steve Wilson.

Whitnee Maycock, weightlifter

MU senior Whitnee Maycock discovered a natural talent for weightlifting when she was in high school and has continued to compete in college.

The Eagles play Mizzou Arena

Front row, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles perform at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The concert in Columbia was a stop in a four-month tour that will continue through six states in the U.S. and 15 different countries in Europe.

Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley of The Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit, left, and Don Henley, two of the four members of The Eagles, perform at the concert at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The band was founded in the early 1970s in Los Angeles.

Don Henley plays with The Eagles

Don Henley performs with The Eagles at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday.

Glenn Frey of The Eagles

Glenn Frey speaks to the crowd at The Eagles concert at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Columbia was a stop on the band's international tour, which finishes in July in Portugal.

Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles

Glenn Frey, left, and Joe Walsh of The Eagles perform during their live concert at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The band reunited in 1994 after a 14-year break.

Crowd gathers at The Eagles concert

Fans of The Eagles line up in front of Mizzou Arena in Columbia as the doors open on Tuesday. The concert in Columbia was one of a four-month tour of the U.S. and Europe.

Mom uses Facebook to connect with other parents

Ronikah Routledge, 11, left, gets a ride in the garden wheelbarrow from her mom, Louise Ann Routledge, while her twin sister, Monikah, waits her turn. Louise Ann uses Facebook to connect with friends, including other parents raising twins. "Being a parent has been the highlight of my life," Routledge said, "but by 9 p.m., I'm done!"

Using Facebook to promote a cause

Bill Horner, the 40-year-old director of undergraduate studies for the political science department at MU, joined the social networking Web site Facebook primarily to promote Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser in which he participates annually. He also posts daily updates and messages about the relay on his profile.
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